advanced precision machining

Looking Back at the Birth of CAD

By APIAMS | Dec 10, 2017

While we remain committed to using some of the most advanced precision machining technology at API, many outside of our industry may be surprised to learn that the computer-aided design (CAD) programs we use today have been the standard for more than a decade. Perhaps even more surprisingly, nearly all of these types of programs…

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machining in Portland

The History Of Precision Machining

By APIAMS | Nov 30, 2017

At American Precision Industries, we have long been fascinated with the history behind precision manufacturing. After all, precision machining in Portland is what we do. But to get a truly historic perspective of where the craft first started in the U.S. you need to pay a visit to the American Precision Museum, which is located…

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A Brief History of Quality Management

By APIAMS | Oct 26, 2017

At our machine shop in Hillsboro, our team at API utilizes some of the industry’s most advanced CNC machining technology to ensure we provide our customers with the best, most precise products possible. It’s our commitment to quality management that places API and our machine shop in Hillsboro among the industry’s best. If you ask…

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The Need for Consistent Finishing Shouldn’t Be Overlooked

By APIAMS | Jun 25, 2017

When it comes to surface finishing at our machine shop in Portland, our team at API/AMS often find that many clients and even other shops often overlook the importance of this part of the manufacturing process. Mass finishing processes have been widely adopted throughout the industry as the best practice for producing surface finish and…

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Understanding How CNC Machines Make Parts

By APIAMS | May 5, 2017

As a CNC machine shop in Hillsboro, our team at API/AMS understands that not everyone is familiar with how our business operates. Complex terms like precision machining and CAD/CAM design can seem like so much technical talk for the uninitiated. To help our customers gain a better understanding of what we do, here’s handy decoder…

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The Evolution of the Assembly Line

By APIAMS | Apr 28, 2017

As CNC machine shop in Portland, our team at API/AMS owe a lot of our success to the history of assembly line work in the U.S. While the tools, technology, and techniques have changes remarkably over the last 150 years, manufacturing has its roots firmly established in this innovation. The assembly line has long been…

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titanium sheet metal fabrication

The Early History of Sheet Metal

By APIAMS | Mar 30, 2017

While the term titanium sheet metal fabrication often conjures thoughts of modern industry and manufacturing, the practice of sheet metal fabrication actually dates back to ancient Egyptian jewelry. Through a combination of naturally found metals and prehistoric techniques, gold and silver-workers were able to craft a form of fabrication that served as the foundation of…

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What Is CNC Machining?

By APIAMS | Mar 9, 2016

At American Precision Industries, we understand that those unfamiliar with the manufacturing industry may not fully comprehend what some of the terms we commonly use mean. While we remained committed to providing outstanding precision machining services, we also want to make our work more accessible to everyone. With that in mind, let’s take a closer…

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Advances In Precision Machining

By APIAMS | Feb 22, 2016

As a CNC machine shop in Portland, our staff at American Precision Industries understands that creating custom and precision machine parts requires constant attention to a variety of important details, including scheduling, standards, systems and the advancement of new technologies used in design, tuning, cutting and programming. Fortunately, new innovations, updates and system improvements continue…

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Specializing in CNC precision machining, sheet metal fabrication, metal finishing, assembly and CAD/CAM design, our combined companies operate in over 90,000 square feet, across three manufacturing facilities in Portland, OR.